Sunny and warm, the Maçonnais in southern Burgundy is a great source of easy drinking, often un-oaked Chardonnay that is softer and friendlier than Chablis and a lot cheaper than celebrity wines like Meursault or Chassagne-Montrachet. Unfortunately, easy drinking can also mean unexciting and that's probably why there aren't any premier or grand cru sites in the Maçon, though savvy Burgundy lovers know that some winemakers in this large region can produce premier cru quality without the premier price tag.
Stephane Guillemin's Domaine Creusserome's holdings lie near the towns of Clessé, Viré, Péronne, and Verzékly, literally at the crossroads between Northern and Southern France. The change is striking and happens quickly. In fact buildings suddenly shift to a more Mediterranean vibe and it is noticeably warmer. Harvest begins a full two weeks earlier here than in Chablis. Stéphane began making wine in 2003, and his estate Creusserom was born in 2007. Over the years, production gradually increased and in 2009 his then-girlfriend and now wife Lucie Dutron joined him to take over 7 hectares of the estate to make this exquisite Macon Villages. Lucie's family has been making wine since 1835, and their Chateau Vitallis is run by her brother.
The 2017 Lucie Dutron Macon Villages is 100% Chardonnay from sustainably farmed vines located in Viré, Péronne, and Verzé. The production in each location is too small for individual bottling thus using all three sites for this project. The vines are 20-45 years old and grow in limestone and clay soil. We were surprised by the wine's richness and intensity. Pale gold with green flecks, the nose is joyfully expressive, white peach and citrus notes and white flowers jump from the glass. The palate is lush and has weight. Smooth, round, supple and complex with a surprisingly long finish. Flavors are fresh and lively mirroring the aromatics. The wine is a trickster - a Maçon Villages that makes you think it is from a more prestigious zip code.